After being cremated, bodies might leave behind all sorts of harvestable metal goods: hip joints, plates, screws, fillings — whatever you got, they want. Because with repurposing being all the rage, crematoriums will then melt down the metal and turn it into a variety of public fixtures, with road signs, lampost poles and safety barriers being just a few. The families, of course, have to agree to turn the deceased into public property, and any proceeds the crematorium makes are generally donated to a charity of their choice.
Not everyone is on board with the idea, though, as one source at a crematorium tells the Post “some people want to keep the metal items”, because what better way to keep the memories alive than by using grandpa’s leg as a doorstep. So the next time you see a stop sign, take a moment to thank those selfless families that donated their beloved’s shiny bits. And for those of you with a stolen road sign hanging above your bed, sleep tight tonight. [The Post]